Strange Youth

The young seem to think they need to gather with those of their own kind.  However, a strange thing happens with teens and especially with young women during a gathering.  This age has got to be the strangest, giggliest, noisiest on the planet.  The teen boys in the group had difficulty understanding the need for the girls to scream, jump and make strange noises over a simple comment or movement and instead chose to seek the safety of any empty room.   They stood around in silence for a few moments looking toward the door and at each other as if in fear that the girls would find them and fill that room with shrieks.  After a few minutes one boy made the comment that girls are just weird which caused all the moms in the room to smile and unsuccessfully cover our laughter.  They ignored us by turning to the piano and banging out a great sample of the Scott Joplin’s “The Entertainer”. 

 It seems that when young girls gather the only way they can communicate is by acting as strange as possible. Teen boys seem to look for sanity and the girls have none to offer at this early teen stage.  Perhaps this is because my daughter as well as all her friends are into the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer.  All their actions and words center around the book’s plot and characters,  Good-bye Harry Potter, hello Edward. 

After a couple of hours watching these goofy girls, my only question was, “Did I act this silly when I was a teen.”  My answer is a hopeful but uncertain, “I hope not!”  After all, does anybody really know with absolute certainty that they remember of childhood with perfect clarity?  It is doubtful although I’m sure there are a select few who actually do, but I suspect many more only pretend they remember every minute detail.  For myself, I will entertain the thought that I did not act like my brain switched to the goofy mode.  

Although the girls did act strange at first, eventually everybody came together and enjoyed the afternoon.  It is unmistakable that teens need an outlet to meet and chat.  Today was just that type of day.  Here’s hoping for many more similar moments of teenage goofiness.

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